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Staub (Dust) (2007)

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Per its title, Hartmut Bitomsky's unusual, experimental documentary Dust explores the content, presence and implications of dust particles in the Earth's atmosphere. Grounding the film in the notion that dust cannot be eliminated - prone, as it is, to reappearing and resettling as soon as one clears it off - Bitomsky perceives his subject as one of nature's "undefeatable" enemies, and yet one of its most fascinating. As the director points out, it represents one of the smallest foundational elements of the universe and yet one of the foremost causes of human illness. Bitomsky's narrative strategy is twofold: he both cinematographically follows dust's path as it sails through the air and settles on various surfaces, and offers protracted glimpses of the individuals who make their livings grappling with its presence, including professional cleaners, scientists, artists, astronomers and the creators of cleaning solutions. The director then plunges into a deeply philosophical area regarding the ontology of dust - what it symbolizes and represents for mankind, and what it tells us about the nature of our world. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Dust is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic.

April 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu.

April 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Dust is an eccentric and profoundly informative documentary.

April 6, 2016 | Full Review…

I never knew dust could give me such pleasure.

April 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust makes a pensive study of the title particulate, considering the way we wage a never-ending battle with the tiny specks that gather around us.

April 6, 2016 | Rating: B
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The director, a serious mind who's made films about the Autobahn and airplanes, seems distracted by minutiae. His Dust is a real chore.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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